Four new members join RREUSE family

Four new members join RREUSE family

The RREUSE network is delighted to welcome four new members from Germany, Lithuania and the UK, bringing the total RREUSE family count to 31 members across 26 European countries and the US. The four new members are FairWertung, WIRD, Now! Charity and Circular Economy Lithuania. Fully aligned with RREUSE’s activities and ambitions, all four entities are active in re-use, repair and/or recycling with an aim to improve, and positively contribute […]

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Circular Economy Action Plan: A socially inclusive vision with re-use and repair at heart

Today, the EU Commission published its much-anticipated Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). Mathieu Rama, Senior Policy Officer at RREUSE, shared the following reaction: “A comprehensive upstream approach ensuring products are durable, repairable and re-useable is timely. Whilst tackling design of electrical products remains a priority, we welcome indications that other product categories such as textiles and furniture will also be addressed within a new Sustainable Product Policy”. Addressing our soaring […]

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

2LIFES Partnership Discuss Re-use Initiatives from the Public Sector

On 20 February 2020, the European Interreg project, 2LIFES, met in Brussels to discuss re-use initiatives from the public sector. Organised by RREUSE, this Workshop for Capacity-Building Building aimed to train and inform the partnership about the best re-use practices worldwide. Focusing on current re-use practices in Belgium, Yannick d’Otreppe from Bruxelles Environnement, a public authority, detailed Brussels’ regional project “Be Circular” which pushes for re-use within the building and […]

RREUSE welcomes the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

RREUSE welcomes the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On the 1st January 2020, Croatia began its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, unveiling ambitious plans as part of the rotating presidency which Croatia will hold till 30th June 2020. A strong Europe in a world of challenges, is the slogan of the programme which looks towards ‘A Europe that develops, A Europe that connects, A Europe that protects and an influential Europe.’ Among Croatia’s top […]

A Green and Inclusive Deal?

The newly released “European Green Deal” contains a palpable sense of support for improved social inclusion in a green and just transition but lacks urgency and detail on exactly how the EU proposes to implement such change. The deal, referring to “new business models”, fails to explicitly mention the role of existing sustainable entities such as social enterprises active in re-use and repair already providing up-skilling, jobs and training to […]

Green is the new Black!

In reaction to the worldwide “Black Friday” event, Envie, the French network of social enterprises working in re-use established the idea of a “Green Friday” in 2017. A green army of 400 organisations rejecting Black Friday practices now support the sustainable alternative to overconsumption and overproduction, Green Friday. Among these are the major networks of social enterprises such as Emmaüs France and RESSOURCES in Belgium. This third edition of the […]

3 Ways to Change Your Ways & Reduce Your Waste

Each year, RREUSE members divert over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill through re-use, repair and recycling. Combined across the wider RREUSE network, this is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers[1]. As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction and starting on the 16th of November, the Reuse More Throw Less Campaign is back. What does this mean and why is it so important? From the […]

3rd International Conference on Social and Solidarity Enterprises in the Circular Economy

On 7 November 2019, RREUSE held its 3rd International Conference in Berriozar, focusing on the role of social and solidarity enterprises in the circular economy. The RREUSE network diverts over 1 million tonnes of material from landfill every year – which is equivalent to the weight of 137 Eiffel Towers. The conference, co-organised by AERESS and Traperos de Emaús Navarra, welcomed over 140 participants from 17 different countries. RREUSE was […]

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

European Council adopts conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing

RREUSE welcomes news from Luxembourg that today, October 24th 2019, the Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on the economy of wellbeing. Earlier in its presidency, Finland expressed the need for a paradigm shift in Europe towards an economy of wellbeing. [1] The council conclusions include recommendations and measures for both EU Member States and the Commission, stressing the need to move towards an economy that works for […]

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

New €1.3 million EU project to boost re-use policies

On 22 and 23 October, EMULSA hosted the launch meeting of 2LIFES, a European project involving seven partners to promote re-use through public policies. 2LIFES is part of the fourth call of the Interreg Europe programme in which 170 applications were submitted and only 74 selected. The project officially started on 1 August 2019 and will last for 42 months, ending in 2023. With a budget of €1,383,826, 2LIFES operates […]